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December 3, 2012

Progress check – And that’s it for November

Filed under: wordsmithery — lexifab @ 12:05 am

It’s late and I’m tired, so just a quick couple of notes before I go to bed.

A quick summary of the novel progress since starting the rewrite at the beginning of November – after adding another 1300-odd words today, I’m going slower than I want to but still moving forward. So far I have not managed to completely unravel my outline with the substantial changes made to one of the three main characters, but I’m sure that sooner or later – probably sooner – I’ll hit the wall and need to revisit the plan. Other than that I’ve mostly stuck to what I thought I would write, so presumably the outline will hold up for a while yet.

I finished one of the two manuscripts I’m reading for critiquing purposes which will not free up a lot of time but may relieve me of a small measure of self-imposed guilt. It did take me an awfully long time to finish, so I hope I’ve managed to say something useful about it. (Clam: it’s yours. Expect to get a bundle of notes in nigh-obsolete physical format by the end of the week).

I don’t think I have mentioned that I have a couple of short stories out in the wild, hanging on possible acceptance. Both seem to have made it past the slush and first read-through rounds, so there are grounds for hope. I should know about one or both by the end of the year. If I’m successful then it means I will just scrape in my goal of getting my first sale in 2012. If not, well, I’m still a lot closer to that target than I was, right?

I have an idea for a short story that has been bothering me for a week or so. I’m bothered both because I don’t want to add anything else to my boatload of distractions from the novel and because I don’t know if I have the right skill set to pull it off. It’s a fairly sinister idea but I don’t really self-identify as a horror writer. I expect it’ll force me to at least attempt it before too long though. It’s too strong an idea to ignore and too nasty to turn my back on.

Progress check: 12,450/90,000


  1. Hurrah!

    Put a stake through that idea and bury it in the backyard. If it really is a good horror story idea, it will be back.

    Comment by Dr Clam — December 3, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  2. Writing it down in my notebook is pretty much as good as stabbing murder.

    Comment by Lexifab — December 3, 2012 @ 11:30 am

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